Salt and Light, Canada’s Catholic media network, at 10


Salt and Light, Canada’s Catholic television network, is now 10.

Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt and Light, tells Catholic News Service the network opens its celebration of a decade of broadcasting with a concert Dec. 6 featuring The Priests performing “Venite Adoremus.”

The sold out concert will take place in Toronto’s Telus Center for Performance and Learning.

“We have only just begun our work,” Father Rosica said in an email to CNS staff. “We will build on the solid foundation that has been laid and continue to produce award-winning programs, documentaries and tell stories of hope to the world around us. The church needs our strong, catechetical programs, beautiful, inspirational documentaries and positive message.”

Catholic News Service has enjoyed a long, collaborative partnership with Salt and Light.

The network has its roots in World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto. Inspired by the words of Blessed John Paul II at the event, Canadian businessman Gaetano Gagliano felt compelled to use mass media, television in particular, to spread the good news of Jesus. Gagliano formed the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and invited Father Rosica, who served as CEO of World Youth Day 2002, to join him in the leading the enterprise.

As they say, the rest is history.

Salt and Light has expanded into radio and social media with a presence on Facebook and Twitter. It also publishes a magazine.

Salt and Light can be accessed in 2.6 million Canadian homes through eight television carriers and has a worldwide reach through online streaming around the clock. The network continues to broadcast significant worldwide events and maintains partnerships with several Catholic television networks to broadcast Catholic programming.

For the anniversary, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, lauded the network for connecting the local church with the global church and for its outreach to young people.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Richard W. Smith of Edmonton, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec have sent letters of congratulations to Father Rosica.

On a lighter note, writer Daniel Baird captured the spirit of the TV network in his recent column in The Walrus.

CNS joins all of them in extending heartfelt good wishes to Salt and Light for continued success, and we look forward to working together to share the good news of the church in the world today.

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